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Press Releases and News



Vatican City, 11 June 2019 – The Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) publishes its 2018 Financial Statements and its Annual Report. ... >more



Vatican City, May 22nd, 2018 – The Institute for Works of Religion (IOR) publishes its 2017 Financial Statements and its Annual Report. ...>more



Vatican City State, February 26th, 2018 - By decree filed with the clerk’s office Registry on February 24, 2018, and served upon the defendants on that date, the Tribunal of the Vatican City State – acting upon request of  the Vatican Promotor of Justice – has summoned to trial a former President of IOR and his legal counsel, charging them with embezzlement and self-laundering.
Under such charges, the unlawful conduct was carried out between 2001 and 2008 by, among others, the former General Director, now deceased, and resulted in the disposal of a considerable part of the Institute’s real estate assets. Overall damages have been assessed in excess of Euro 50 million.
The decision of committal for trial was taken at the end of an investigation which has been carried out since 2014 by the Vatican Promotor of Justice, following IOR’s complaint.
This important step shows once again the significant commitment that IOR’s management has undertaken in the last four years in order to implement strong and transparent governance, which complies with the most rigorous international standards. IOR intends to pursue by civil and criminal judicial proceedings any illicit activity carried out to its detriment, no matter where it occurred and who performed it.
In light of the foregoing, the Institute has decided to join a civil action to the criminal proceedings, due to start on March 15, 2018.



Vatican City State, February 16th, 2018 - In taking note of her decision to step down from the Board of Superintendence, the IOR would like to thank Professor Mary Ann Glendon for her contribution to the Institute over the past several years, especially in the process of defining the legal framework of the IOR. Professor Glendon has expressed a desire to devote more time to other Catholic causes, and the IOR wishes her all of the best for the future, both personally and professionally.



Vatican City State, February 6th, 2018 - With a decision published today, the Civil Court of the Vatican City State found two former Senior managers of IOR liable for mismanagement.

The Court has ordered them to compensate IOR for the resulting damages...> more


Comunicato stampa dell'Istituto per le Opere di Religione

Vatican City, 01 December 2017 – Following various comments in the press relating to recent HR decisions made by the Institute for the Works of Religion , IOR wishes to stress the following:

  • The measures taken have occurred after due consideration and are part of normal administration procedures.
  • In order to protect the involved parties, the Institute has decided not to communicate such measures.
  • The IOR distances itself from all the  statements that appeared on such matters over the last few days in the press.

In the meanwhile the transformation process of IOR continues successfully under the responsibility of the various governing bodies and the supervision of the relevant Authorities.


IOR releases Annual Report 2016

Vatican City, 12 June 2017 – For the fifth year, the Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR) has published its financial statements.

The financial statements have been audited by the independent audit  ... > more


Comunicato della Sala Stampa: Nuovi membri del Consiglio di Sovrintendenza dello IOR

The Cardinals Commission of Vigilance of the Institute for Works of Religion has appointed Mr. Scott C. Malpass, Javier Marín Romano and Georg Freiherr von Boeselager as members of the IOR Board of Superintendence, bringing the total number of members to seven. > more


Comunicato della Sala Stampa, 25.05.2016 
With the recent approval and publication of the Annual Report of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR) having been completed in a positive manner, two members of the Board of Superintendence. > more


IOR releases Annual Report 2015
1. Key changes to IOR operating framework : 2015 saw the adoption of the new Holy See regulatory framework pertaining to financial activities, the end of the KYC* and AML* remediation process, addressing past tax uncertainties and the strengthening of IOR's governance and control functions. > more


IOR rejects unfounded allegations raised in some media publications

Vatican City, 10 June 2015 – Some unfounded statements were made in recent media reports regarding IOR and its transformation. Therefore we re-iterate what has already been stated in the IOR’s press release on the Annual Report of 26 May 2015. > more


IOR publishes Annual Report 2014
Vatican City, 25 May 2015 – The Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR) today released its 2014 Annual Report. Building on the Holy Father’s reaffirmation of the importance of the IOR’s mission for the good of the Catholic Church, the Holy See and the Vatican City State in April 2014, the Institute has continued its transformation process. > more


IOR appoints new Vice Director
Vatican City State, 6 March 2015 – The Board of Superintendence of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione has appointed Gian Franco Mammì as Deputy-Director with immediate effect for an indefinite term. The appointment has been approved by the IOR Supervisory Commission of Cardinals and the regulator AIF. > more


Rescriptum ex audientia Ss.mi on the modification to the IOR Statute
Vatican City, 22 January 2015 – The Holy Father declared on 10 January 2015 by way of a Rescriptum ex audientia Ss.mi presented to the President of the IOR Supervisory Commission of Cardinals that the Statute of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR) has been changed to elevate the number of members in the IOR Supervisory Commission of Cardinals and the IOR Board of Superintendence from five to six respectively. > more


IOR presses charges against two former managers
Vatican City, 06.12.2014 - The Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR) confirms it pressed charges against two former managers and a lawyer some months ago, underlining its commitment to transparency and zero tolerance, including with regard to matters that relate to a more distant past > more


The IOR confirms the receipt of a transfer of assets back from an Italian Bank to the IOR.
Vatican City State, 18 November 2014 - The assets were blocked since Sept 2010 subject to preventive measures introduced by Italian authorities. The assets were unblocked in June 2011 however, issues regarding customer due diligence remained unsolved. > more


IOR Board of Superintendence appointed Mario M. Busso as President of the Board of Auditors ad interim
Vatican City, 17 October 2014 – The Board of Superintendence of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR) has accepted the resignation of Massimo Spina from the position as President of the IOR Board of Auditors and has appointed Mario M. Busso as his successor. > more



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